Turns out, Shirley Temple’s Blue Diamond Ring is the bit of gems we didn’t know how gravely we needed. While adornments accumulations from any semblance of Liz Taylor frequently stand out as truly newsworthy at closeout, it’s news of Shirley Temple’s extravagant blue 9.54-carat jewel ring that is charmed the world right at this point. Sotheby’s unloaded the ring, apparently expecting a deal between $25 million and $35 million. In any case, notwithstanding its visit to Los Angeles and Hong Kong for presentation, the piece did not discover a purchaser.
The prized gem was a blessing from Temple’s dad when she was only 12 and remained a darling part of the performing artist’s accumulation her entire life:
“She acquired it at the age of 12 and had it her whole life. This was a treasured piece of jewelry [bought by Mr. Temple for $7,210 in 1940], she wore time and time again — we have pictures of her wearing it when sworn in as ambassador, when she was presenting an Oscar,” Sotheby’s New York jewelry sales director Frank Everett told WWD.